Women in Cycling

How To Celebrate International Women's Day

By: Victoria Shead  March 06, 2021

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a worldwide celebration of women’s achievements and a day of education, empowerment, and action. Its purpose has been to promote gender equality across the globe since 1911.

Wondering how you can celebrate International Women’s Day? We’ve got you covered with 10 excellent ideas:

Choose a challenge for International Women’s Day.

On March 8, celebrate International Women’s Day by participating in this year’s official is #ChooseToChallenge. It’s a call-to-action to challenge the status quo by raising awareness against bias, celebrating women's achievement, and taking action for equality.

IWD 2021 Together We Ride bicycle event

This is a FREE event to celebrate International Women’s Day. Ride your bike, take some photos, and share your adventure to spread your sunshine via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.. Tag us in your adventures!

Write a thank-you note to a woman that inspires you.

A few simple words to acknowledge how another woman has inspired you can mean a lot. Maybe they’re a role model or a friend who helped you through a tough time. Perhaps you just admire certain qualities about them and don’t say so enough. A show of gratitude is a meaningful gesture.

Write yourself a love note.

While you’re at it, spare a few words of praise for yourself! Women are often our own best critics. Try writing down the things you love about yourself; you deserve to be celebrated!

Support women-owned businesses.

Supporting businesses in the cycling industry that are owned, operated and controlled by a woman. “Vote with your dollar” this International Women’s Day by deliberately seeking out and supporting local women-owned businesses. Share your challenge with your friends and encourage them to do the same!

Donate to help a cause you care about.

If you’re looking for a way to make a difference in a worthy cause this March, consider donating to a charitable organization supporting women – either locally or globally. Here are a few organizations doing incredible work to fight for gender equality and women’s rights:

USA Cycling Foundation– We all work together to develop American cycling and achieve international success at professional and Olympic levels. Supporters can donate strictly to our funds that are helping female cyclist reach their maximum potential, like the Kelly Caitlin Fund or the Jacquelyn Crowell Fund.

Women for Women International – invest in women survivors of war and conflict, connecting them with each other, resources, and support to realize their own power.

AnitaB.Org – envisions a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for whom they build it. AnitaB.Org works to advance women in technology in the United States and across the world.

Watch documentaries and movies that explore women’s issues.

There are plenty of documentaries and movies out there to watch on behalf of Women’s History Month:

Suffragette – Directed by Sarah Gavron. A woman’s life is forever changed when she’s recruited to join the UK’s suffragette movement in 1912. An eye-opening look at one of the most important social movements in history.

Hidden Figures – Featuring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae in leading roles, this film brings to life the untold story of a trio of female NASA scientists who helped launch the first American astronaut into space.

Girl Rising – A phenomenal documentary about nine young girls from impoverished countries fighting with all they have for an education. Narrated by big names like Selena Gomez, Kerry Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Freida Pinto, and Meryl Streep, your heart will fill up hearing the inspirational stories of these girls working to make history.

Amplify women musicians.

Giving women entertainers a few extra streams during Women’s History Month is a simple way to help them remain afloat in an industry rife with hostility, sexism, exploitation, and abuse directed towards women. Make room on your playlist for jams by musicians like:

“Confident” by Demi Lovato

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson

“The Greatest” by Sia

"I'm Every Woman" by Chaka Khan

"Respect" by Aretha Franklin

"Clarity" by Kim Petras

"Soy Yo" by Bomba Estéreo

"You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore

"Phenomenal Woman" by Olivia Newton-John

"This One's for the Girls" by Martina McBride

"Girl," by Maren Morris

"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston

"Holding Out For A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler

"Love Is A Battlefield" by Pat Benatar

"She Works Hard for the Money" by Donna Summer

"Born This Way" by Lady Gaga

Enter a Competition

The International Women’s Day website lists an exciting selection of competitions anyone can enter, from photography, to cake decorating and design:

Bake a cake: You or your company or nonprofit can design a cake that fits this year’s theme: just snap a photo and send it in. The deadline is ongoing.

Photography: Take a photo that represents this year’s theme. For 2020, entries will be accepted between March 1 and 31.

Rap: Write a rap centered on this year’s theme and upload your performance to YouTube. Top submissions will be featured on social leading up to the big day. The deadline is ongoing.

Street art: Show off your themed community murals on Instagram! There are 3 categories you can enter with varying deadlines, so you’ll wanna get an early start.